Women must dismantle ‘old boys’ club’

Women still have more rights on paper than in practice, Organization of American States representative to Barbados Francis McBarnette has suggested.

And he today urged women to challenge male privilege and the ‘old boys’ club’ while  addressing the opening of an advocacy seminar hosted by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, the National Advisory Council of Gender and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies to celebrate the Day of Women in the Americas.

“This battle is yours to fight. It is yours to call arms,” he told the gathering at the 3Ws Oval at University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

Francis McBarnette, Organization of American States representative to Barbados.


The OAS representative to Barbados charged that the inability to close this gap was one of the biggest obstacles that democratic governments faced as they sought to attain sustainable development, effective governance and human security he maintained it was possible

“Closing the implementation gap on women’s rights will be accomplished by women leaders – with the support and engagement of men and women champions in all sectors,” McBarnette stressed.

Reiterating the commitment of the Americas to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, he said that the empowerment of women and girls, “fuels strong and sustainable economics and strengthens the legitimacy of democratic systems by allowing greater diversity of voices to contribute to political economic and social discourse and decision making”.

Meanwhile, Lecturer at the Institute of Gender and Development Studies Dr Tonya Haynes expressed concern that the rights of women in the region continued to be violated.

Dr Tonya Haynes, Lecturer, The Institute of Gender and Development Studies

“Women sexual reproductive health and rights continues to be compromised in the region due to in access to state legal abortion, inadequate health care, persistence violence against women and girls and discriminatory laws.

“Overcoming the exclusions that intersect with race and gender is part of the legacy of women in the Americas [and] women still have a lot to overcome,” she said.

12 Responses to Women must dismantle ‘old boys’ club’

  1. Jennifer February 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    “Women must dismantle ‘old boys’ club’ – why??

  2. Sherlock Holmes. February 18, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Here we go with this feminism movement creeping into this society. No one is advocating that women should not move forward or have equal opportunities, but this feminist movement is wreaking havoc for all of the wrong reasons in the world and it is a sly plot in the globalist agenda.

    • Jennifer February 18, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Well observed SH. This UN bs again. This is all in an effort to weaken societies and communities, especially black ones. No where do you see Chinese, Asian, Japanese, Indian women etc doing this sort of thing. It is only the white and cloned doing it.

  3. Alex Alleyne February 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    First every effort must be made to remove HIM.

  4. luther thorne February 18, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Well look how these foolish people get me and “Sherlock Holmes” to agree on sain doe.

    But I totally agree with Sherlock on this one especially where he says

    *……..but this feminist movement is wreaking havoc for all of the wrong reasons in the world and it is a sly plot in the globalist agenda.^

    My take on it now.
    They need to take their place and play the role that they are supposed to play and stop trying to be MEN.
    Have yuh ever notice how women bosses always trying to play that them tough and they feel that being rough, spiteful and hateful and intimidating people is the way to go. They tend to treat their underlings like children.
    Man dem is bare problems. Um started in the Garden of Eden.

    Man dey got Barbados in a mess – the Public Service including the teaching service . They always complain bout how hard them working and nobody aint helping them and all it does be is regular work..My argument is that PRODUCTIVITY has fallen the more of them you employ

    They running up at UWI and getting degrees
    Some of them does beg for help and he whoever he is does end up doing the work for them. Go back in workplaces and feel somebody owe them something . ” Oh I got my degree ” and they
    feel that is it. It done !

    • Spectre February 19, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Lol! Hear hear! I agree completely.

  5. luther thorne February 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Men must dismantle the Mother’s Union
    Men must dismantle NOW
    Men must dismantle the Old Girl”s Network

    How would such headlines go down with people in the female sector ?

    Anyhow, Women are going to take care of themselves and their folly though. You see that Me Too movement. That is the end of the feminist folly. You digging up all these old things and throwing them back at men when so many women were prepared to do “things” to get that step up. Just now nobody aint going to want no women round them because them is trouble more trouble actually. You cant look at a woman, you cant tell she nothing. Cant try to make a joke. What is this ?

  6. Ernesta Catlyn February 19, 2018 at 9:53 am

    What a roll of rubbish. As a woman and a proud, black, strong one, tell me why I would want to follow this advice? Take your medicine somewhere else, please. What women’s lib has become can be traced, to a large extent, to the destruction of the family and the values that came with it. We will eventually be forced to come full circle.

    • Jennifer February 19, 2018 at 11:06 am

      yep. Lovely to see another honest, open eyed woman on board.

  7. archy perch February 19, 2018 at 11:27 am

    The last man that went out on a limb declaring he is more for womens’ rights than women themselves was Sir Henry Forde.
    Your remember the laws he tabled and got passed in Parliament. His thw wife used that same law to get rid of his ass.LOL.
    Now here comes Francis……Oh France. SMH.

  8. Nathaniel Samuels February 19, 2018 at 11:32 am

    The problem is not women; it is many of us men who have abandoned many of our responsibilities and relationships.
    You talk about female teachers but if men are not interested in joining the teaching profession, who will teach our children? Robots?
    Look at the University. How many men are interested in higher education or even secondary education? Do we then create and leave a void simply because our men are not interested? I say no. Women are quite often starter than most men and continue to lead the way in many spheres of life.
    A glaring example of luck of Leadership by our menfolk is that of the leadership of this country. As a man, have you been satisfied with what masquerades as leadership? I surely don’t and would rather have a female who not only demonstrates but also offers leadership to me and my country.
    In most cases, we men have been found wanting and if women decide to take up the mantle that we have abandoned, we ought to give thanks and praise that they have so done.
    Personally, I am very proud of my professional wife who continues to set extraordinary examples to young girls and boys in everything she does. I know that there are more professional women who do the same and I salute them. We men should do the same.

  9. luther thorne February 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I do not agree with the above comment written by N. Samuels.
    The position put foward seems to be one that was done through blinkers.

    To suggest women leaders is a step in the wrong direction. If they emerge they emerge but men are supposed to be the leaders. Women are supposed to be right there ALONGSIDE them,

    I want to break down the above argument as soon as I get a chance. The argument is terribly flawed.


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